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Libratone Zipp speakers to get Alexa and AirPlay 2

Libratone Zipp speakers to get Alexa and AirPlay 2

Amazon’s Alexa personal voice assistant seems to be taking over the tech industry one wireless speaker at a time. Considering our admiration of the Libratone Zipp and Zipp Mini, we’re pleased to hear that these are the latest wireless speaker to get onboard. The update, which existing users will be notified of via the Libratone app in “autumn”, will give the speakers

Harman Kardon Allure is an Alexa-powered smart speaker

Harman Kardon Allure is an Alexa-powered smart speaker

Allure’s transparent upper portion features 360-degree ambient lighting which reacts to voice commands and changes with the rhythm of the music being played.​ The Harman Kardon Allure is just the latest in a long line of wireless smart speakers to be controlled using Amazon’s virtual assistant. 360-degree sound is delivered by speakers and an integrated subwoofer, with Harman claiming it delivers


JVC unveils new 4K HDR projectors and red special edition DLA-20LTD

JVC unveils new 4K HDR projectors and red special edition DLA-20LTD

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its D-ILA chip, JVC has launched the DLA-X9900, DLA-X7900 and DLA-X5900 projectors – and a limited edition red DLA-20LTD. What’s D-ILA? It stands for ‘Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier’ and it’s JVC’s proprietary chip for displaying images. It’s a kind of hybrid of LCD and DLP projector technology that JVC has

Amazon Echo update lets you voice control Fire TV without the remote

Amazon Echo update lets you voice control Fire TV without the remote

If you use Amazon’s Echo speaker and the Fire TV, today, it’s all finally coming together. Beginning Tuesday, U.S. users will be able to connect their Echo devices to their Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. What that means is that you can start issuing commands to your Fire TV without using


Why Android Wear isn’t dead just yet

Why Android Wear isn’t dead just yet

Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform isn’t dead. It’s just pivoting from a do-everything experience on your wrist to one that’s better customized for your own fashion and lifestyle. That’s good because I don’t want a world where the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that matters. It’d be too dystopian. No matter how much you might adore your Apple Watch,

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone’s freaking out

For someone who insists he has no interest in running for office, Mark Zuckerberg is really, really good at surrounding himself with top political strategists. The latest: Zuckerberg’s philanthropic foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has reportedly hired Joel Benenson, who was the chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The hire was first reported by Politico’s Annie Karni,


New global smartphone manufacturer rankings show Xiaomi re-entering top five

New global smartphone manufacturer rankings show Xiaomi re-entering top five

Research firm Strategy Analytics today released its latest global smartphone manufacturer rankings, and there’s been some notable movement on the list. In Q2 2017, Samsung and Apple held the top one and two spots, respectively, with both companies increasing shipment numbers year-over-year but slipping slightly when it comes to marketshare percentage. Samsung finished the quarter with

From a Galaxy S7 Edge to an iPhone SE

From a Galaxy S7 Edge to an iPhone SE

I find it fascinating how trends have changed in the mobile industry over the past 15 years. I still remember when cell phones were just becoming a “common” gadget for people to have – when flip phones were the coolest thing on the market – and having a small cell phone was an important factor


For Firefox, Out With The Old Add-On System And In With The New ‘WebExtensions’

For Firefox, Out With The Old Add-On System And In With The New ‘WebExtensions’

Deprecating The Old Add-On Model Two years ago, Mozilla announced that it would begin to deprecate its old “add-on” model for advanced Firefox extensions. The decision wasn’t easy, because the add-on model is what made Firefox popular and helped it capture significant market share from Internet Explorer. It also made the browser more useful to

Samsung Has Three New Curved Q-Dot HDR Gaming Displays Available For Pre-Order

Samsung Has Three New Curved Q-Dot HDR Gaming Displays Available For Pre-Order

Samsung released three new High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming displays featuring quantum-dot technology, fast refresh rates, and high resolutions. Samsung’s trio of displays join a growing market of high-resolution quantum-dot monitors designed for gaming. The Samsung C49HG90, C27HG70, and C32HG70 all feature a speedy 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, in addition to